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Thales contracted for RN V/UHF communications upgrade

05 December 2018

Thales UK has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to replace very-high frequency/ultra-high frequency (V/UHF) communications systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships.

The contract, valued at GBP23 million (USD29 million), covers the design, manufacture, installation, and in-service support of a V/UHF Communications Replacement (VCR) solution across the RN fleet. The implementation, which repackages the V/UHF system previously delivered by Thales for the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme, forms Phase 2 of a wider update programme known as Project Calliope, which aims to address communications obsolescence in RN and RFA surface vessels.

Under the terms of the contract, awarded by the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation's Combat Systems Communications and Situational Awareness team, Thales will replace legacy V/UHF radios with a single solution based on modern digital technology.

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